Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hybrid vs. Diesel




In these days of soaring gas prices, it seems that everyone is looking to increase their overall gas mileage. In the past, those looking to drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle had just one option: diesel trucks and cars. Diesel vehicles use significantly less fuel than vehicles that run on regular gas.

There is an option for diesel vehicles. Recently, hybrid cars have been appearing everywhere. No longer are they just slightly odd-looking compact cars. Hybrid technology can be fo...



In these days of soaring gas prices, it seems that everyone is looking to increase their overall mileage. In the past, those looking to drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle had just one option: diesel trucks and cars. Diesel vehicles use significantly less fuel than cars and trucks that run on regular gasoline.

There is an option for diesel vehicles. Recently, hybrid cars have been appearing everywhere. No longer are they just slightly strange-looking compact cars. Hybrid technology can be found in everything from small cars to SUVs to semi trucks. Are you better off with the old, diesel standby or do hybrid vehicles really offer more?

Diesel vehicles

For years, the fuel-conscious consumer chose the diesel vehicle. These earlier diesel were generally more noisy, much dirtier and handled the road more poorly than their gasoline fueled counterparts did. In fact, five states currently do not allow the sale of diesel vehicles due to strict emissions restrictions.

However, this image of the diesel vehicle is very outdated. Modern diesel vehicles are much cleaner than their earlier counterparts are. Low-sulphur diesel fuel and new technology that helps trap emissions particles are making diesel engines cleaner than ever before. Also, modern diesel vehicles handle nearly as well as their gas-powered cousins and are less noisy as well.

Fuel efficiency is still paramount when it comes to driving a diesel vehicle. With their average nine miles per gallon increase over gas-powered cars, diesel is a viable option for the fuel-conscious consumer.

Hybrid vehicles

Hybrid vehicles are the newcomer to the mileage game. These vehicles run on a combination of gas and electric power, and they promise vastly increased gas mileage and lower emissions.

While these vehicles deliver on the promise, there are a few shortcomings as well. The first and most glaring disappointment is that many drivers find that the advertised mileage and the actual mileage the car achieves are vastly different.

For instance, the Toyota Prius advertises gas mileage of 55 miles per gallon, according to U.S. government reports. However, when Consumer Reports magazine tested the car under actual driving conditions, the distance achieved was only 44 miles per gallon. While this is still excellent gas mileage, it is far less than advertised.

Also, the steep price of hybrid vehicles can be intimidating. While a diesel vehicle generally costs an average of $1000 more than its gas-powered version, a hybrid car costs several thousand dollars more than a gas-powered vehicle. The Honda Civic Hybrid start price is $4800 more than the standard Civic with the same options and amenities.

Given that the fuel mileage on the hybrid is about 30% greater than on the gasoline vehicle, it would take an average driver at today's fuel costs more than twelve years to recoup the cost difference. However, one must consider that some of this additional cost can also be recovered with the one-time federal tax credit. Also, some states and even employers offer rebates and other incentives to those who drive hybrid vehicles.







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